The changing colours of 19th century art and literature (2 juin 2017)

The changing colours of 19th century art and literature

Friday, 2nd June 2017 – Ashmolean Lecture Room

A one-day symposium co-organised by Stefano Evangelista (Trinity College, Oxford), Colin Harrison (Ashmolean Museum), Charlotte Ribeyrol (Trinity College, Oxford/Paris-Sorbonne), and Matthew Winterbottom (Ashmolean Museum)


10am: Registration

10.30am: Opening remarks

Chair: Kate Nichols (University of Birmingham)

10.40am: Paul Smith (University of Warwick): ‘Vermillion: of monkeys and men, materials and genius’ – Respondent: Tim Farrant (Pembroke College, Oxford)

11.25am: Natasha Eaton (UCL): ‘The Rasa of Colour: Poetry and Freedom in India’ – Respondent: Mallica Kumbera Landrus (Ashmolean Museum)

12.10pm: Nicholas Gaskill (Rutgers University): ‘Interior Designs: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Atmospheric Color.’ – Respondent: Matthew Winterbottom (Ashmolean Museum)

12.55pm: Buffet lunch

Chair: Liz Prettejohn (University of York)

2pm: Lene Østermark-Johansen (University of Copenhagen, St Catherine’s, Oxford) : ‘Symphonies in Black and Grey, Harmonies in Iron and Steel: Walter Pater Painting the French Wars of Religion in Gaston de Latour (1888)’ – Respondent: Colin Harrison (Ashmolean Museum)

2.45pm: Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Alice Meynell: The Life of Colour and the Colour of Life’ – Respondent: Barrie Bullen (Kellogg College, Oxford)

Closing discussion followed by tea.

4.30-6pm : An opportunity to visit the Ashmolean printroom and enjoy a private viewing of a selection of colourful 19th century drawings (groups of 10 max). –

Attendance is free but booking is essential as places are limited.

For further details please contact Charlotte Ribeyrol (charlotte.ribeyrol(at) or Matthew Winterbottom (matthew.winterbottom(at)

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